Freshman Megan Good leads JMU softball to best season ever

Megan Good

In high school, James Madison freshman Megan Good was an accomplished three-sport athlete. She was an all-state, player of the year and first-team award winner in volleyball, basketball and softball for Fort Defiance, Va., High School.

As a volleyball player, she was so dominant her No. 3 jersey is retired. As an honor student, she won the William and Mary Leadership Award for demonstrating leadership, loyalty and a passion for learning.

“I showed leadership in the way that I conducted myself on the fields, courts and in the classroom,” said Good. “How I went about showing passion and commitment was important.”

As a recipient of the award, Good was urged to think beyond her high school years and consider what she could accomplish as a college leader.

Good, finalists for USA Softball’s player of the year and NFCA freshman of the year, is carrying through by taking James Madison’s softball team to an historic point after choosing the sport over volleyball.

For the first time, the Dukes (48-10) were ranked in both national polls and earned a national seed (15) in the NCAA Tournament. (For the complete bracket, see NCAA Tournament matchups.)

Good, the ace of the team, led by example. At 29-2 with a 1.01 ERA and 192 strikeouts in 187.1 innings, she had the best season in program history. On Friday, she pitched a five-inning, 3-hitter in a 9-1 victory against Binghamton in JMU’s only NCAA regional victory.

Good also was fifth on the team in batting with a .372 average.

“Megan has done a great job attacking hitters and our team has done a great job of supporting her on defense, along with timely hitting to manufacture runs,” said JMU head coach Mickey Dean. “Our pitching staff has been very complimentary in giving different looks and having each other’s backs in games when needed.”

Good said she really didn’t know what to expect this season. She wasn’t handed the ball and asked to be the team’s ace. She earned it. There have been some freshman moments, but they have been overshadowed by her dominance on the mound.

“Where I am at now is really awesome,” said Good. “I am happy where I am.”

With that kind of start, who wouldn’t be happy?

“It can change in any moment,” said Good. “I am totally aware of that.”

Spoken like a true leader.

Keith Chartrand

Keith Chartrand

Keith Chartrand is a freelance writer based in Ocala, Fla.